Lynne T. Toyofuku, a partner with MJW since 2004, is grounded in all aspects of labor and employment law and has served a range of clients and industries. She has extensive experience in client counseling and training, arbitration, mediation, administrative agency practice before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, and the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and federal and state court litigation.
Ms. Toyofuku defends a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to not-for-profit organizations against claims of sexual harassment, wrongful termination, race, disability and age discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, and other employment-based claims. She assists companies with labor and employment issues in the selling and purchasing of businesses and in drafting executive compensation and severance agreements. Ms. Toyofuku has also advised and led labor negotiations on behalf of several employers, advised employers on union avoidance strategies, and represents clients in contract administration.
Prior to joining MJW, Ms. Toyofuku was a partner with the law firm of Dwyer Schraff Meyer Jossem & Bushnell and a director of the law firm of Jossem & Toyofuku, where she practiced exclusively employment and labor law. She also was a partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, concentrating in employment law.
Ms. Toyofuku currently serves as an arbitrator on the Court Annexed Arbitration Program and has also served as a Lawyer Representative on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii State Bar Association. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Active in civic and community activities, Ms. Toyofuku sits on the Boards of Directors for the Special Education Center of Hawaii (SECOH) and Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, and is a Trustee of La Pietra/Hawaii School for Grils. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston University School of Law. Ms. Toyofuku has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2009 in Labor & Employment law, is included in The American Lawyer as a Top Lawyer, and named a “Hawaii Super Lawyer” since 2011.